Riggs National Bank

1503-1505 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, District of Columbia



Photo taken for the Historic American Buildings Survey


Street View 


The Riggs National Bank building is located at the center of Washington's financial district. The Roman, Ionic facade of the bank faces Robert Mills' United States Treasury building, itself a National Landmark and one of the finest examples of the Greek Revival period in the United States. Symbolically, the Neo-Classical Riggs Bank facade represents its close relationship to the work of the United States Treasury, and by implication, the important role it has played in public and private financial transactions in the Nation's Capital. The Riggs Bank presents an elegant example of the restrained classical facade employed at the turn of the century for important city banks. The use of the Neo-Classical had gained acceptance a decade earlier following the Chicago World's Fair. Neo-Classicism became the style of the city Beautiful movement and was espoused in Washington by the McMillan Commission. The architectural importance of the Riggs Bank was again recognized during the 1960s when it was selected by the Joint Committee on Landmarks as a Category II Landmark. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS DC-543)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 16, 1973
Reference number
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Financial institution
Current function
Financial institution
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1925-1949
Significant years
1899; 1902; 1924

Update Log 

  • June 19, 2017: New photo from Michael Miller
  • May 10, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • April 27, 2017: Updated by Michael Miller: Corrected "GPS Coordinates" and Added "Street View"
  • April 27, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • May 12, 2012: Imported photos from HABS/HAER



Riggs National Bank
Posted June 19, 2017, by MIchael Miller (michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I visited the location in person last weekend and have posted the correct picture of this building.

Riggs National Bank
Posted April 27, 2017, by MIchael Miller (michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The pictures from HABS shown above are not of the correct Riggs National Bank building. The Street View shows the correct building.